Nov. 26, 2010
Lobo Women's Basketball - In The Pit
Friday: Lobos 73, San Francisco 38; Oklahoma State 94, Rhode Island 45
Saturday's Championship: 7 p.m., Lobos vs. Oklahoma State | GameTracker
Consolation Game: 5 p.m., San Francisco vs. Rhode Island | GameTracker
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By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
It was a statement game followed by a statement game and leaving no doubt that the best teams in the Holiday Inn Express-Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament will throw down Saturday for the 2010 title.
The Oklahoma State Cowgirls came out first Friday night and simply hammered Rhode Island 94-45. The Lobos came out next and put a similar beating on San Francisco, 73-38.
It really only took 40 minutes of Pit basketball to determine the winners. New Mexico went up over San Francisco 40-15 at the half. Oklahoma State also was beastly at the break leading 46-19. The two teams will play for the title at 7 p.m. Saturday.
"They have good depth," Lobo coach Don Flanagan said of Oklahoma State. "They will play a disciplined game. I was really impressed with their outside shooting."
Oklahoma State shot 53.7 percent from the field in dismantling Rhode Island. The Cowgirls were led by Toni Young with 18 points and Lakyn Garrison with 17.
The Lobos' outside touch wasn't as impressive as UNM shot 34.9 percent from the field while flustering San Francisco into a 22.4 percent night.
San Francisco turned the ball over 23 times to only nine miscues for UNM. New Mexico had 17 assists to seven for the visitors from California. San Francisco had no players in double figures. No San Francisco player had more than one assist.
It won't be as easy for the Lobos vs. Oklahoma State. Ditto for the Cowgirls. A key for UNM will be handling Oklahoma State's quickness and pressure. The Lobos' ball handling against the Dons was excellent with only nine turnovers against modest pressure.
What UNM didn't always do was run a patient offense. The Lobos' Jasmine Patterson was the only Lobo in double figures with 11. However, UNM had 13 players in the scoring column as Flanagan went deep and early to his bench.
"You can see the potential," Flanagan said referring to his younger players. "But I can't keep substituting 13 players," indicating that the playing time will begin to shrink as UNM goes deeper into its schedule.
The playing time might shrink against the Cowgirls, too. Oklahoma State is not San Francisco. They are loaded with talent, quickness, height and depth. However, they do resemble the Lobos in one category: the Cowgirls are young with seven freshmen on their roster.
The easy run with San Francisco allowed Flanagan to toy with his 14-player roster. The Lobo coach gave 11 or more minutes to 11 players. Jourdan Erskine had a solid all-around game with seven rebounds, six assists, one blocked shot and two steals to go with her four points. Porche Torrance had nine points, three blocks, four steals and four rebounds. Tina Doughty and Lauren Taylor each had eight points.
The Lobo stat sheet and the playing time were balanced and despite some sloppiness on offense, the defensive effort was consistent. The Don's shot 20 percent in the first half and 24 percent in the second half.
"I thought our defense early on was very good," said Flanagan. "We defended well. We lost some of our intensity in the second half.
"That's a game where you get some people some playing time. I was pretty happy with the first seven or eight (Lobos). The other players looked like it was their first game."
"But I think we are building some confidence. (Oklahoma State) will be a real test. They are a good shooting team and they will press you."
First Half: Lobos 40, San Francisco 15
Stat Leaders: Torrance 7 pts., Doughty 6 pts., Erskine 5 rebs.
At the first media break of the half, UNM was up 8-2. San Francisco scored the first two points of the game from the line to take a quick 2-0 lead. UNM took an 8-0 run into the break. Best threw in a trey and Torrance scored on a jumper to score UNM's last five points in that run.
At the 11:51 break, UNM was up 13-5 off a Doughty trey near the top of the key. At the 7:43 break, UNM was up 16-7.
It did not look to be a high scoring half, but the Lobos' offense kicked in a little to form a 30-12 lead at the 3:37 break. UNM carried a 40-15 lead into the half.
UNM had 10 Lobos in the scoring column in the first half with Torrance leading the way with seven followed by Doughty with six. Erskine had five rebounds. UNM had only three turnovers to 13 for San Francisco. UNM shot 40 percent from the floor while holding San Francisco to an icy 20 percent , 5-of-25. The Lobos had nine steals in the first 20 minutes of play.
Oklahoma State 94, Rhode Island 45
This game was virtually over before Rhode Island ever cracked the ice off its rim. The Cowgirls ran to a 15-0 lead. Rhode Island finally scored at the 13:09 mark to make it 15-2. At the 9:55 mark, Oklahoma State was up 26-4. The Cowgirls drifted into a commanding 46-19 halftime lead. They turned that 27-point halftime lead into a 49-point romp.
Oklahoma State was paced by Toni Young with 18 points and Lakyn Garrison with 17. The Cowgirls pressured Rhode Island into 25 turnovers. Oklahoma State had only eight turnovers to 24 assists. Oklahoma State shot 53.7 percent from the floor to 29.6 percent for Rhode Island.